Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

My friend "Lab Lady" came by this week. She brought with her a most pawsome 8-year-old female Chocolate Labrador Retriever for you to meet.  When "Lab Lady" shared her name, my human took off to get the largest mug he could find- sometimes I really worry about him. Barks! Bark, really?  And, for some reason, he wanted some Chocolate too. arf.

Pawlease meet the most pawsome and pretty lady named Coffee!

Chocolate Labrador Retriever Adoption
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. / Creative: Allen Pearson 
Coffee and Chocolate go well together as I am told- dogs should never be given Chocolate.

Coffee is looking for a "Sweet Home" in a single-family house located in a rural or suburban setting.  She has no fence requirement. She is not used to the traffic, noises or groups of people found in city settings.
Chocolate Labrador Retriever Adoption
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.Creative: Allen Pearson 

Coffee is a most pawsome, incredibly sweet lady! She thinks the best things in life are ear rubs and play fetch! And, I pawsernally believe that she is right! Woof! She loves affection and attention! She will even give up her newfound treasure of pawsome tennis balls for it! WOOF! Barkingly, she has tried to pick up two tennis balls at once but isn't there yet!

She knows some basic commands, like "sit," "lay down." Barkingly, she will do her business outside on command too! She knows her name and has figured out how to navigate the stairs! She will keep you laughing too! She doesn't choose a dog bed or couch to lay on preferring the cool floor instead.

Coffee has enjoyed playing with her foster parent's dog.  The two played a pawsome game of fetch.

Coffee is pawcellent and quiet in her crate and will head there when her humans asks.

She worked diligently posing for a two videos, watch Coffee and her squeaky ball: Coffee Play with Squeaky Ball and Coffee Playing Fetch!

Coffee has no cat history, she is good with other dogs. She has no history with mini-humans so she's approved for ages 10 and older.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, apply to meet or adopt Coffee, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.Creative: Allen Pearson 

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

American Bulldog Adoption
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes / Creative: Allen Pearson

You have got to meet my friend Yoyoma from Operation Paws for Homes who is a barkingly lover of belly rubs, bacon, car rides, bacon, chew toys, bacon, exercising, people and bacon.... did I mention she loves bacon! She mentioned it to me way too many times, now I am hungry! Woofs! 

Yoyoma is a pawsome American Bulldog mix. She is around 2-years-old.  She is looking for a 'Forever Home" with no small animals such as birds or cats as she has a strong prey drive!  WOOF! 
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for HomesCreative: Allen Pearson

Yoyoma is friendly with the dogs she's met, except for the snarky, growly ones. She prefers slow introductions to dogs. 

She will do best with a human who will take the lead and make the rules setting boundaries and sticking to them. She has some basic training but could use some more! 

She is awesome in a crate and the house. 

Yoyoma has met some mini-humans and did quite well with them. 

Yoyoma posed and worked diligently to create some pawsome videos of her for your viewing pawlease. Pawlease view Yoyoma Entertaining Herself and YoYoMa getting belly rubs!

Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: Allen Pearson
YoYoMa is current on vaccinations, spayed, microchipped, and looking for humans to love. Yoyoma had heartworms and treatment went well.  Heartworm disease is transmitted to a dog through a bite from an infected mosquito producing a positive test in six months. Potential adopters will receive detailed information on the disease and their role in completing the recovery process from OPH’s heartworm coordinator. With monthly preventatives, the disease is completely preventable. To learn more about Heartworms, pawlease visit Heartworm Society, Pet Owner Resources - Heartworm Basics.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit the Operation Paws for Home Adoption Guide

If you would like to apply to meet or adopt this pawsome girl, Yoyoma, pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Dog Adoption Application

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Photo Credit: PetConnect Rescue / Creative: Allen Pearson
WOOF! WHAT A FACE!!! Meet my friend Spirit from PetConnect Rescue!  My friend "Cat Lady" brought her by this week to meet you! Isn't she a beautiful young lady!?

Photo Credit: PetConnect RescueCreative: Allen Pearson
Are you looking for a sweetheart to keep you warm this winter? With bunny-soft fur, Spirit has tons of lovin's and warmth to share with her humans! She would love nothing more than to curl up with her humans for a marathon of petting, cuddling, and snuggling! Her nickname is "Conquerer of Laps!" WOOF. Ooops. MEOW!!

Spirit loves anything filled with catnip and shoelaces! 

Meowingly, Spirit is a little shy around new humans and things.  She will do best with a human who will lavish her with lovin's and attention and being your one-and-only-cat- that-is! Purr!  Since she is an attention-seeking sweetheart, she is not recommended for a home with mini-humans!

Spirit has lived with a dog and gotten along well. BARK!

Spirit is healthy, up-to-date on her vetting and vaccinations.  She has tested negative for FIV and Leukemia. Let Spirit bring a little light into your life!

Interested in learning more about cat adoption, pawlease visit the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide!

If you would like to meet Spirit and apply to adopt her, please complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Year-End Giving, Dog Adoption and Cat Adoption

Dog Adoption
"Looking for my 'Forever Home'"
(C) Allen Pearson
Do you love dogs and cats? Or maybe just dogs or just cats? Barks! Either way, we are pawsome guys and gals who live to make the humans lives so much better by having us around. Yep. It's the truth.  My humans know and will tell you, that I am the mostest pawsomeness guy to have around the house. I keep them active, entertained, keep the property secure, and just overall rule the roost as the saying goes.

I know many stories like mine which are made possible because of the work done by dog and cat rescues. These organizations do so much to help animals find "Forever Homes" by transporting them to places where they will find humans to love and love them, providing Veterinarian Care before adoptions, toys, food, treats, water and housing, and the like to help the animals. In some cases, there are dogs and cats which need medical assistance to become all they can be so they will do their best to help the animal raising funds to cover those expenses.

Cat Adoption
"Abandoned Cat in Loudoun County"
(C) Allen Pearson
My friend at the Humane Society of Loudoun County shares about a project they encounter, "Every day, one of our volunteers treks out to this essentially 'abandoned' site with 17 cats, to make sure they are fed and watered even during nasty weather. They are so happy to see the chuck wagon coming! Ears are perked up, some of them meow a greeting, and fluffy tails wave in the air. The best part is when they line up to escort their HSLC volunteer to the feeder. Most importantly, these outdoor kitties need outdoor homes! Any house with a little bit of acreage, farms, farmettes, a Creighton Farms Mansion...we aren't fussy and these guys need a home! They do have to go in pairs or preferably 3's. we've found that they are more likely to stay put at the new place if they have company..." BARKS!! er, maybe I should say, "MEOW!"

Meowingly bark, maybe you love animals but are not able to adopt right now for many reasons. Most animal rescues can use your help by volunteering to help with the animals care.  Barks, these groups can use financial assistance to cover expenses.  Since these organizations are mostly volunteer-run, financial donations are a pawssible way for humans to help them rescue animals needing homes and assist with their care. WOOF!!

Over the past several years, "from The Dog's Paw" has photographed and written in support of helping dogs and cats find their "Forever Homes!" Great photographs and articles are one way to help dogs and cats. The following organizations will be pawsomely happy to help you find a place to volunteer and, or as the case may be, accept financial donations to put them to great use! BARK! and, a good MEOW!

Please note financial donations must be completed by end of day, Sunday, December 31, 2017.  Mailed donations must be postmarked by December 31, 2017.

(C) Homeless Animals Rescue Team, HART

Homeless Animals Rescue Team

(C) The Humane Society of Loudoun County

Humane Society of Loudoun County

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
(301) 299-6756

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

(703) 644-8009

(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Operation Paws for Homes

(C) PetConnect Rescue

PetConnect Rescue

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

(C) Allen Pearson

May you have a pawsomely blessed Christmas!

Your Friends at "from The Dog's Paw!"

Noah, Allen, Meg

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas Eve Story!

"Morning Sunrise"
(C) Allen Pearson

The day began just like any other day of the week. A beautiful sunrise to the east followed by hustle and bustle, humans going to and fro… never did know where “fro” was- but as they go, it seems like it could be barkingly fun. Paws, I do enjoy my quiet less stressful day and let the humans go their way.

I have my breakfast and Spring water and head to one of my favorite spots in our home, my pillow in the sunroom. I love it as I can see the backyard and nature’s critters getting food and water. Many days I see quite a few different species of birds stopping by on their way south. Some days, a herd of deer will go through the field and stop by too. I’ve heard there are bear in the area but we haven’t seen one. The story is, if you see an animal which looks like a Chow Chow roaming around the street, be sure it is a Chow Chow before you go up and pet it. It’s probably safer for you to go back the way you came. WOOF! A few neighbors have seen the bear as they go out and about. For a neighborhood-type community, it’s a great mix of wildlife in the area.

Today, all of my wildlife friends have stopped by except the bear. Bluebirds, Blue Jays, Robins, Whitetail Deer, Gophers, Groundhogs, Hawks, Eagles, when all of a sudden, they took off- and, YIKES, a Skunk followed by a snake or two came by the garden for a snack. An unusually busy day in the backyard, but I’ve enjoyed watching the party.

As the morning goes on, it’s time for my morning nap so I curl up on my human’s sofa for a while. Dad comes to work a bit so I drift off for awhile.

"Snowy Branches"
(C) Allen Pearson
WOOF! I napped for what seems like an eternity and have awaken to the ground covered with snow and it’s still falling. How I love a good snow storm especially those which cover the ground and you cannot see the grass anymore. WOOF! I like to go out and eat it and try to catch the snowflakes on my tongue. Yes, some humans think it’s hilarious to see a large black dog rolling in the snow and trying to catch snowflakes, but hey, gotta live in the moment as you never know when the moment will come again.

As the day goes on, a quiet hush seems to settle over the evening. It’s usually quiet where we live but this is much like a silent night, holy night, all is calm and all is bright. I’ve never seen this happen before. As I walk around the house exploring the property, I notice the hush of the day turns into a night. I am surprised to see none of my animal friends coming to our backyard for food and water. I have to wonder where they went as I wanted to wish them a Merry Christmas!

Our evening routine is dinner and we curl up together in front of the TV and watch whatever funny is on and sometimes whatever good drama is on- just depends. Tonight though seems t be different. Mom is dressed like she’s going somewhere and, well, Dad is dressed too. Their dinner is a simple one and they have given me mine too- wonder what’s up. They are usually casual around the house and we eat later too.

While I’m eating me dinner I notice the strangest light coming through the window panes. By this time, it’s usually dark out with some city lights in the distance. Tonight, I see a bright light shining off in the east while the rest is surrounded by a darkness And,, barks, the city in the distance is quiet and dark. This is weird. I keep an eye on it all as I want to have all my food. bark.

After dinner, my humans get bundled up to go out and grab my leash. I’m going with them? Tonight has been an unusual ending to an interesting day to say the least.

As we head out, Dad and Mom do not get in the car but head to the street. I notice the light is even brighter outside. The stars are amazing too. Seems there are a gazillion billion of them out tonight. Barks! I have never seem such as awesome sight. Toward the east, the stars seem brighter.

"Branches of Snow"
(C) Allen Pearson
As we go for our walk, we see many of our neighbors. All of them are smiling and have such a peaceful look on their faces. Some of them have brought their dogs with them too have few others have brought their farm animals along. Seems to be another strange thing for this evening, as normally, we do not see this many out walking at the time we do. Nor do we normally see the cows or horses going for a walk! BARK!

The light seems to be getting brighter as we walk toward the east. We have walked this way many times before including earlier today. It’s gotten so bright that my human doesn’t need the flashlight he carries any longer as I see him turn it off.

As we continue walking, I began hearing a ruffling up and about and around me almost like birds especially hawks might make in flight but I see nothing …. yet. I hear a quiet singing in the distance too- like maybe one of the songs dad plays on his computer. I look at Dad to see if he has his phone on to play music though he’s never do that before. No music from Dad- h-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m. Woof!

As we walk, we come upon a crowd. A crowd of humans and animals. Yes, animals. Loose, not tied up. Some wild. Some domesticate. Am staring around to determine what’s going on here- some of the animals are kneeling and some are sitting next to each other while some of the humans are doing the same.

The light is really bright, yet so peaceful. I hear the voices of angels, humans, and some animals make noises singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Glory to the Newborn King….. Away in a Manger..No crib for His bed….the little Lord Jesus...Lay down His sweet head….The stars in the sky...Look down where He lay… The little Lord Jesus….Asleep on the hay….It came upon the midnight clear…..” I hear the sounds of many instruments too, cellos, violins, a pipe organ, and the list goes on...Barkingly amazing….

I sneak my way through the crowd to get a better look as to what’s going on. I see a Manger with a man and a woman and a baby lying in a manger. Many of the animals I saw walking have surrounded the baby. All of a sudden …..

“9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 9:

I get it, on this Silent Night while Herald the Herald Angels Sing the Baby Lord Jesus was born Away in a Manger so that He could become man. He would live a life of around 36 years before being crucified on a cross for man’s sins. He came for mankind and He died for mankind. Christmas is a celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. His Life. His Love.

Barkingly, if you would like to learn more about God’s Gift of Salvation for man, please visit Peace With God.

(C) Ralph Dally Flickr Creative Commons

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

Shepherd Mix Dog Adoption
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes Creative: Allen Pearson

BARK! My friends from Operation Paws for Homes brought by a pawsome lady for you to meet! Meet Lewa!
Shepherd Mix Dog Adoption
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Allen Pearson

Lewa is a pawsomely beautiful 1-year-old female Shepherd mix. Another human says she may have Black and Tan Coon Hound too! She is a pawsomely pleasant lady to have around the house! She enjoys curling and resting while her foster mom works on the computer!

Lewa is high energy, very bright and wants to pawlease her humans which will make her easy to train.

Lewa likes playing tug-of-war with her toys, chew toys and in the yard. Everything is so entertaining for her. . She enjoys going for jogs and running! 

Lewa would do well in a home with another dog for playful wrestling.

Lewa gets along well with the young teen male humans in her foster home too.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

If you would like to meet Lewa or apply to adopt her, pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.

Shepherd Mix Dog Adoption
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes Creative: Allen Pearson

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Too Tall"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. Creative: Allen Pearson
My friend "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. brought by a most pawsome fella for you to meet this week!  Too Tall. Barkingly, he seemed the right pawsome size to me! BARKS!

Too Tall is looking for a "Forever Home" in a rural or suburban area in a single-family home with a fence! BARKS!
Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Too Tall"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Allen Pearson

Too Tall is one pawsome curious fella- pawsitively great! He isn't too needy or demanding as some Labs can be.  He's a sweetheart kinda guy! WOOFs!

Too Tall loves to cuddle but doesn't have the need to smother his human with wet kisses or be a lap dog! He is a pawsome well-rounded fella! Sounds like me when I was a young pupster!

Too Tall is house and crate trained. He has pawsome house manners and doesn't try to take things that aren't his! He takes treats gently. He knows his basic commands, "sit" and "come." He will have a training addendum so he can be all he can be!

Too Tall is not the dog for a human with no dog experience. He needs a human with experience working with strong active dogs and has a yard with a fence so he can get pawlenty of exercise!

Watch him:

He takes treats gently He is not a dog for a first time owner and needs an active family that is experienced with strong active dogs and who have a yard with a fence so he can get the exercise he needs.

Too Tall is recommended for mini-humans ages 10 and older. He is good with other dogs he's met at the shelter and kennel. He has no history with cats.

Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Too Tall"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Allen Pearson

Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Too Tall"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Allen Pearson

Firday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Cat Adoption
Photo Credit: PetConnect Rescue Creative: Allen Pearson
MERRY CHRISTMAS! In the hustle and bustle of the season, I especially enjoy visits from my human friends who work in dog and cat rescue! WOOF and  MEOW!

My friend "Miss C" from PetConnect Rescue stopped by this week with a meowingly pawsome friend for you to meet- Merry!

Merry's wants a "Forever Home" for Christmas! She is around 3 1/2 months old! A beautiful mostly brown tabby with some gorgeous orange markings around her face! BARK! oh, er MEOW!

Merry, and her brother Mistletoe, were found abandoned as very young kittens. They have found their way to a pawsome foster home where she is learning the manners to being a pawcellent pet! 
Cat Adoption
Photo Credit: PetConnect Rescue Creative: Allen Pearson

Merry can be a bit reserved when she first meets humans. She loves to run, play especially with wand toys! 

Merry loves to eat canned kitten food!  

Merry's new "Forever Home" will need to have loving, kind, patient humans with a special place in their hearts for an awesome cat like her. MEOW!

A note from my friends at PetConnect Rescue: Young kittens do NOT like to be left home alone for a full work day. Mini-humans Children in the family will need to be age 10 and up.

The adoption fee for this kitten is $135 which helps with the cost of routine vet care. The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE spay/neuter if the kitten is not already spayed/neutered. If the animal you are adopting is not already spayed/neutered, you will be required to sign a contract legally obligating you to have the animal altered. A $100 spay/neuter deposit is collected to help ensure that the procedure gets done in a timely manner.

Cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

The first step in PetConnect Rescue's approving adoption applicants is to complete a Veterinarian check. Vetting of current and past pets is very important so they will be speaking with the Veterinarian(s) listed on your application to ensure that your current and previous pet(s) are kept up to date on vaccines (including rabies), spayed or neutered and examined annually by your Veterinarian. 

Merry is up to date on her age appropriate kitten dewormings, vaccines and is spayed. She has good litterbox manners too.

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, pawlease visit the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Guide

Interested in meeting or applying to adopt Merry? Pawlease complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application. Meow. tell them Noah sent you! BARKS!